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Rally to focus on reducing carbon emissions

A coalition of local groups concerned about the future of the earth’s climate will host a day of films, parades and live music Saturday to coincide with a national demonstration.

Western Nevada County’s Day of Climate Action will be one of more than 1,300 gatherings planned for all 50 states. The call by Step It Up 2007 is for Congress to require the cutting of carbon emissions nationally by 80 percent by 2050.

“The idea is to get legislators to make something happen,” said Marge Kaiser, founder of the Sierra Nevada Deep Ecology Institute. She expects 400 to attend the event locally. Participants will link their photographs electronically on the Web at stepitup2007.org.



The institute is among 20 local, nonprofit groups that have formed the Climate Change Coalition; they are teaming up to hold a Step It Up rally in Grass Valley.

Two films, “Too Hot Not to Handle” and “Kilowatt Ours,” will run from 10 a.m. to noon at the Del Oro Theatre in Grass Valley. After the movie, PowerUp-NC will hand out free, energy-saving fluorescent light bulbs.




Participants then will parade to Condon Park holding signs offering solutions to global warming and listen to a free outdoor concert. Saul Rayo and Organic Flood will perform at 1 p.m.

People are encouraged to walk, bike, bus or carpool to the event. A special bike caravan will assemble at the corner of South Pine and Spring streets in Nevada City at 8:30 a.m., then ride to the Del Oro. The caravan is being organized by Alliance for People Powered Transportation.

For more information, visit the national Web site at http://www.stepitup2007.org or call local organizers at 470-8642.

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To contact Staff Writer Laura Brown, e-mail laurab@theunion.com or call 477-4231.


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